Plus Ones at Weddings: To Invite or Not to Invite? | Analyzing

March 6, 2019 by Just Marry!

Plus Ones at Weddings: To Invite or Not to Invite? | Analyzing

Nearly-weds, are you creating your guest list and wondering about etiquette when it comes to plus ones at weddings? We know it can be hard to know who should make the cut on your invite list. Should you invite your brother’s new girlfriend? Your boss? What about your unmarried co-worker’s live-in significant other?

If you want to know how to handle plus ones at weddings, we’re here to help!

WHO NEEDS PLUS ONES AT WEDDINGS?

No matter how small or large your event, plus ones at weddings are customary for many people. Typically, this includes everyone in your wedding party and guests who are married or are in a serious, long-term relationship.

If your budget can afford it, I would also consider allowing guests who might not know anyone at the wedding to have a plus one. This way, they feel more comfortable and can enjoy your special day with you!

WHO DOESN'T NEED A PLUS ONE?

Traditionally, single guests who will know other people at the wedding don’t need a plus one. I would avoid putting all of your single friends at one table at the reception though! Deciding whether your guests get a plus one is all about making everyone feel comfortable (including you!). Grouping all the singles together may just end up being awkward. Instead, I suggest seating them at a table with the people they know and other friendly guests you think they’d get along with.

HOW TO TELL YOUR GUESTS IF THEY CAN INVITE A PLUS ONE

The simplest way to let your guests know if they get a plus one is through your invitations! If you’re allowing plus ones, make sure to denote that on the outer envelope. For example, you would address the envelope to “Mr. John Doe & Guest” or “Mr. John Doe & Ms. Jane Smith.” If you’re not allowing plus ones, simply address the outer envelope to “Mr. John Doe.”

Another way to tell your guests if they can bring a plus one is on the RSVP card. Typically, if they do get a plus one, this card will state “Number of Guests Attending” followed by a blank line for guests to fill in a number. The RSVP card may also opt to forgo this option and simply leave a space for guests to write in the name or names of who will be in attendance.

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Plus Ones at Weddings: To Invite or Not to Invite? | Analyzing

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